Demonstrators bring Black Lives Matter protest to Bellevue Square Mall

A Black Lives Matter demonstration at the Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, Washington brought approximately 35 protestors the the central area of the mall near the three story Christmas tree and Santa Claus photo booth. Shoppers gathered at the balcony to watch as the activists held signs, sang, and chanted in a circle at the bottom of the stairs. Mall security and Bellevue police were already on hand as demonstrators gathered and more soon arrived as holiday shoppers looked on. One mother, previously eating at a food court with her child, joined the demonstration in chants of “Black lives matter!” and “No justice, no peace!” Riot police arrived after Bellevue Mall Security read a statement from the mall asking the demonstrators to leave. When no one left, police in riot gear formed lines and eventually encircled the demonstrators. As Bellevue police read an order to leave the mall, demonstrators put their hands up and exited the mall. They then marched along the sidewalk around Bellevue Square and crossed at crosswalks, followed closely by Seattle Police on bicycles, riot police from Renton PD and Bellevue PD and several mall security guards. Upon writing this, there were no reports of arrests or police violence.

From the Bellevue Square SHUTDOWN Facebook event page…”Bellevue could really use a little #BlackLivesMatter spirit on the last weekend before Christmas.

We will have a presence at Bellevue Square Mall ALL weekend. Bring signs, link up with other protesters, and let’s disrupt a little comfort on the Eastside. Remember, always stay in groups.

To be clear, we need anyone and everyone who supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement to step up, show up, and show your solidarity this weekend. OA_206 will not be able to lead each day, so we are calling for individuals to take a stand and show Bellevue that Black Lives Matter.

Outside Agitators 206 will be present on Saturday at 2pm. We will be caroling for justice and may stage a die-in. This will be a peaceful demonstration and we wan to keep everyone safe.

Legal observers will also be there as well. See you this weekend.”

Seattle demonstrators take protest to Seahawks home game

Sunday, December 14th 2014

Seattle Seahawks fans witnessed hundreds of demonstrators marching, sitting, and doing a “die in” in the street in front of Century Link Field while they made their way inside the stadium as the Seahawks prepared to face the 49ers. Sidewalks were left open for fans as police on bicycles and horseback kept the mostly peaceful demonstrators (unless you call tossing kumquats at the more drunk Seahawks fans, violent) to the center of the street. Plenty of spittle flew as drunken Seahawks fans could be heard yelling “The police are here to protect you from me!” and “We don’t give a shit, get the fuck out of the way!”. Protestors could be heard chanting “Black lives matter and not just on the field” and “If you love Richard Sherman, and you don’t care that he was called a thug, you are a hypocrite and you are not the 12th man… If you are wearing a black mans jersey and you are mad that we are saying “black lives matter” than you need to take it off and burn it, because you are a hypocrite”. One Seahawks fan found his way to the mic with words of encouragement to the protestors “I didn’t know it was taking place, and I saw this and I was inspired….Black Lives Matter guys, take care”.

From the Seahawks Shutdown: Black Lives Matter Facebook event page…

fe must be made inconvenient for the privileged until equal rights and justice for all are made real.-Shaun King

We Demand Justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and other victims of police brutality. WE SAY NO MORE Injustice. NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.

Seahawks Game,10AM @ Century Link Field.
Bring your Seahawks gear if you have it and prepare to shake shit up a bit.

INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW. #IfNotUsThenWho #CivilRightsMindset #MakeThemListen

Remember, the nation is expecting this movement to die down after a few weeks. Let’s not let Seattle give anyone that satisfaction.

See you Sunday.“

Two marches in Seattle share same message of “Black Lives Matter” as they march in opposite directions

Demonstrators at the University of Washington gathered in Red Square at 11am to stand in solidarity with protests happening around the country in response to lack of police indictment for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Approximately 200 activists marched through the UW campus before blocking streets around the university. At 1pm, a separate group of protestors met at Garfield H.S. for a rally and march led by Garfield students and organized by the NAACP and United Black Clergy. The approximately 200 demonstrators then marched through the Central District as they made their way to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park for more speakers.

UW

From the University of Washington event Facebook page…

“We the people of Seattle will be coming together in solidarity to stand up against this injustice, systemic racism, and police brutality. Bring your voice let it be heard! We will be having a peaceful protest in the U-District marching to downtown Seattle.We will be having a pre-march rally on December 13 at 11:00 am at red square on the University of Washington campus. We are taking it to the streets! Bring your friends. Bring signs. Wear T shirts. Make the public aware that this ends now! We are protesting to make sure incidents like Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner don’t GO UNPUNISHED AGAIN! Stay safe. Stay together, and spread the word! SHUT IT DOWN!!

We will be having speakers at the beginning of the rally!

“After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language.”

# BLACKLIVESMATTER # MIKEBROWN # ERICGARNER # TAMIRRICE # NYC # SEATTLE # FERGUSON # CLEVELAND

A more in depth list of the many lives taken by police.

http://gawker.com/unarmed-people-of-color-killed-by-police-1999-2014-1666672349

FOR QUESTIONS, LOCATION UPDATES AND MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACT

TODD PERALTA- 808-498-6702 toddp223@gmail.com
ISAAC ROBINSON- 425-894-1717 robinsoni@spu.edu”

Garfield High School

From the Garfield High School event Facebook page…

“March from Garfield High School and Rally at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park and join in Solidarity with the Black Community for the FAMILY FRIENDLY event to end police brutality, to demand Justice, Economic Development of the Black Community, Education that ends the School to Prison Pipeline.

We, the youth, the next generation of this country join with our Elders, unifying old and young to stop history from repeating itself. We are the future. If we want to live in a world where people are not afraid of the police we have to fight for change, for accountability, for an equal say in our destiny. People are angry now. We have to use our anger to fuel this movement, to affect change, to DEMAND JUSTICE. We can not stop until we see the change that we want.

As a people, we need to stand up and voice our opinions peacefully. Please come and show your support. Create signs and invite everyone you know. We cannot stay silent. We need to get loud and be heard. Voice your opinions and don’t stop until a proper change comes. Old and young, Black and white, red, yellow and brown-an injustice to one is an injustice to all. Black Lives Matter!!

The march will start at Garfield High School and proceed to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. There, we will rally, we will organize, this is just the beginning. We will make sure the police know that we will not stand for their violence. Have your voice be heard. You are not alone.

Mission Statement: We are here on behalf of the Black Community, because We Can’t Breathe, We Can’t Breathe, We Can’t Breathe…

Through nonviolence we fight to end the crisis of police brutality towards the Black Community and for a restructuring of our criminal justice system, of our unfair educational system, of inequitable economic opportunities, we fight for the Black Community. Justice for all. We fight.

In order to make sure the mission of this protest is accurately portrayed we have come up with some guidelines. They are as follows:

• No violence-be respectful even in the face of disrespect
• Do NOT touch the police officers
• Do NOT agitate the police officers
• Do NOT deface/destroy city or private property
• Do NOT move city or private property

If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to stop and then you will be asked to leave.

Hosted by:
United Black Christian Clergy of Washington
The Church Council of Greater Seattle
NAACP, Seattle Chapter”

Protests continue in Seattle as 1200+ demonstrators take to the streets against police brutality

As protests thrive around the country, demonstrators in Seattle gathered at Garfield H.S. for a rally and march to the Seattle Police Department headquarters in protest of police brutality. Seattle activists took to the streets after a Ferguson police officer avoided indictment over the death of Mike Brown.  After Eric Garner’s killer, an officer with the NYPD, evaded the indictment although recorded video clearly showed a banned choke hold was used and the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

From the event Facebook page…

We, the youth, are the next generation of this country. We are the voice of the future. If we want to live in a world where people are not afraid of the police we have to continue to protest and fight for change. This event is to help spread awareness about a problem that has been happening in the United States for years. We are tired of people being killed simply because they are black, simply because of who they are. The recent shooting of the Brown family’s child was the last straw. People are angry now. We have to use our anger to fuel this movement. We cannot stop until we see the change that we want.

As a people, we need to stand up and voice our opinions peacefully. No more war, shooting and killing. Please come and show your support. Create signs and invite everyone you know.

As young people, we cannot stay silent. We need to get loud and be heard. Voice your opinions and don’t stop until a proper change comes.

The march will start at Garfield High School and proceed to go to the police headquarters on 5th Avenue. There, we will make sure our voices are heard. We will make sure the police know that we will not stand for their violence. Have your voice be heard. You are not alone.“

More from the event Facebook page…

Mission Statement: We are here on behalf of the Black Community, in solidarity with Ferguson, in honor of Mike Brown to address through nonviolence, the crisis of police brutality towards the Black Community in order to achieve the short term goal of a fair and just trial for Mike Brown and the long term goal of reconstructing the justice system that has continuously failed the Black Community.

In order to make sure the mission of this protest is accurately portrayed we have come up with some guidelines. They are as follows:
• No violence
• Do NOT touch the police officers
• Do NOT agitate the police officers
• Do NOT deface/destroy city or private property
• Do NOT move city or private property
Please be aware that this protest has been organized to the very last minute in order to ensure that the media, in no way, can skew the actions of the protest or the protesters. If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to stop and then you will be asked to leave.

*We are NOT affiliated with any group or organization. We are just a group of people who want to be a part of the progress of change*” – Protest Against Police Brutality

Seattles response to police violence continues with protests growing to hundreds of demonstrators

As demonstrators in Seattle marched through the streets, riot police stood guard in front of local malls and department stores. The peaceful protest grew to hundreds as groups joined during the march from Capitol Hill to Westlake Park, while a phalanx of bicycle police followed closely. Traffic was diverted and shoppers scurried by as demonstrators filled intersections with chants of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “We’re here for Mike Brown”. More demonstrations are planned for the coming weekend.

From the event Facebook page…

#justice4MikeBrown. On the day of the Grand Jury verdict on the murder of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, injustice WAS created again people will gather at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine, at 6 pm. Seattle is gonna take it to the streets! people must gather and make a very visible and loud demonstration and do what it takes to get justice for Mike Brown ! Bring signs and banners, bring cardboard and markers so other people can make signs. Bring your whistles to blow the whistle on police brutality. Bring your outrage, bring your determination for justice, bring your friends! #ferguson #mikebrown #WEWillNotStop

WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND BE UNITED AS ONE AGAINST injustice ,racism,oppression,police brutality and get JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN ” – #BeingBlackIsNotACrime–Stand up against Racial Injustice

Protestors take the streets in Seattle after NYPD officer avoids indictment in death of Eric Garner

As news of  another white police officer cleared of wrongdoing in the death of an African American man made national news, demonstrators around the U.S. took to the streets in major cities. Protests were rekindled for Eric Garner, accused of selling cigarettes. When approached by Justin Damico – NYPD, he was placed in a banned restraining hold and could be heard saying “I can’t breathe”, 11 times.  New York City medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by neck compression from the choke hold along with “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police”. A video of the incident has been widely shared through social media, helping to reignite protests in the wake of the Ferguson decision.

From the event Facebook page…

Once again! The system has given a stamp approval for the cops to murder black people with impunity. The whole world saw Eric Garner chocked to death. Black lives Matter! If you think so too, prove it and be out in Westlake tonight.

- Cop that Murdered Eric Garner HAS WALKED: TONIGHT! Into The Streets to Demand Justice

https://www.facebook.com/events/1558432684373013/

Ferguson demonstrators face heavy police presence during Seattle protest for Ferguson solidarity

12/01/14

Seattle saw 100-200 demonstrators Monday evening as they convened at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. As the protestors walked towards Westlake Mall, SPD moved in quickly with bicycles, blocking the entrances. Shoppers were allowed in and out, but were heavily scrutinized before entering. No demonstrators were allowed inside. According to one SPD on bicycle, mall “appeared to be shut down”, as demonstrators gathered outside the entrance used on Black Friday to shut the mall down 3 hours early. As the crowed marched toward Pacific Place, multiple lines of police formed around the doors, blocking the street all the way up Olive to 7th. Demonstrators were not allowed back down the street to the downtown core and were constantly pushed up Olive to Capitol Hill. A heavy police presence followed the demonstrators with police in riot gear and batons at the ready.

“This is a level of anarchy and unsafe behavior that will not be tolerated,” said Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council. “So we are asking our police department to get as much information as possible to anticipate and make sure we’re making a lawful stoppage of this.” – City Council Member Bruce Harrell

From the Facebook event page…

#justice4MikeBrown. On the day of the Grand Jury verdict on the murder of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, injustice WAS created again people will gather at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine, at 6 pm. Seattle is gonna take it to the streets! people must gather and make a very visible and loud demonstration and do what it takes to get justice for Mike Brown ! Bring signs and banners, bring cardboard and markers so other people can make signs. Bring your whistles to blow the whistle on police brutality. Bring your outrage, bring your determination for justice, bring your friends! #ferguson #mikebrown #WEWillNotStop

WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND BE UNITED AS ONE AGAINST injustice ,racism,oppression,police brutality and get JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN

Twitter—-https://twitter.com/Justice4MBSEA
Facebook—https://www.facebook.com/Justice4mikebrownSeattle

TEXT 4 LOCATION UPDATES Regarding protest at 206-334-6007

Media relations Contact–Mohawk – 206-334-6007 OR justice4mikebrownsea@hotmail.com” – https://www.facebook.com/events/411999782281887/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming